Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 7 Gulielmi Tertii. DIE Martis, 18° Junii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Sir G. Treby, C. J. of Common Pleas, Commission to be Speaker.
The following Commission was read, constituting Sir George Treby, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, to supply the Place of Speaker, in the Absence of the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England:
"William the Third, by the Grace of GOD, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir George Treby Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Commons Pleas, Greeting: Know ye that We, trusting in your Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, have constituted, named, and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and authorize you, from Time to Time, to use and supply the Room and Place of Lord Keeper, in the Upper House of Parliament, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Wellbeloved Counsellor Sir John Sommers Knight, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; and then and there to do and execute all such Things, which Our Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, using and supplying the said Room and Place, should or might do in that Behalf: Wherefore We will and command you, the said Sir George Treby, to attend and execute the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents, shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"Witnesses, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, and the rest of the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, at Westminster, the Eighteenth Day of June, in the Seventh Year of Our Reign.
Which being read; he took his Place on the Woolsack.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That there was a Commission for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
Then the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Duke of Bedford in the Middle; the Earl of Oxford and the Earl of Bradford on his Right Hand; the Earl of Montagu, Earl of Scarbrough, and the Earl of Rumney, on his Left Hand; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons; and let them know, "That the Commissioners desire they would be present, to hear the said Commission read."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Commission was read, as followeth; (videlicet,)
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"Gulielmus Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scociæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimis Consanguineis et Consiliariis Nostris Thomæ Duci Leeds Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Henrico Duci Norfolc. Comiti Marescallo Angliæ, Carolo Duci Bolton, Will'o Duci Bedford, Joh'i Marchioni de Normanby, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angl., Alberico Comiti Oxon. Joh'i Comiti Bridgewater, Thomæ Comiti Stamford, Joh'i Comiti Bathon. Danieli Comiti Nottingham, Laurentio Comiti Roffen. Will'o Comiti Portland, Thomæ Comiti Fauconberge, Carolo Comiti Monmouth, Rad'o Comiti Montagu, Ric'o Comiti Scarbrough, Fran'co Comiti Bradford Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Henrico Comiti Rumney Guardiano Quinque Portuum Nostrorum, Ford Comiti Tankerville, ac Prædilectis et Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Rob'to Domino Lexington, Carolo Domino Cornwallis, et Henrico Domino Capell, Salutem: Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angl. et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Vicesimo Die Martii, Anno Regni Nostri et Mariæ nuper Reginæ Secundo, inchoari et teneri ordinaverimus; a quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque ad et in Vicesimum Tertium Diem Maii tunc proxime sequen. continuatum fuerat; et abinde, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournationes, ad et in Decimum Octavum Diem instantis Junii ulterius prorogatum et adjournatum fuerat, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. prædictam, ibidem tunc tenendum et prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis et Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, et Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum confidentes, de Avisamento et Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, et aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem et Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Martis, ad præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, ad et in Tricesimum Diem Julii jam proxime futur. apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westm. prorogandum et continuandum, ibidemque tunc tenendum et prosequendum; et ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Forma prædicta effectualiter expleatis. Damus autem universis et singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus, et Burgensibus, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, et exequendis, pareant, obediant, et intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.
Testibus Thoma Archiepiscopo Cantuar. et cæteris Custodibus et Justiciariis Regni, apud Westm. Decimo Octavo Die Junii, Anno Regni Nostri Septimo.
Which being ended; the Duke of Bedford said,
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"By Virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, and to us directed, we do, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of July next: And accordingly this Parliament is prorogued to Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of July next."